necropolis

noun ne·crop·o·lis \ nə-ˈkrä-pə-ləs , ne- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of necropolis

plural necropolises or necropoles play \nə-ˈkrä-pə-ˌlēz, ne-\ or -leis play \nə-ˈkrä-pə-ˌlās, ne-\ or necropoli play \nə-ˈkrä-pə-ˌlī, -ˌlē, ne-\
: cemetery; especially : a large elaborate cemetery of an ancient city

Examples of necropolis in a Sentence

  1. Archaeologists uncovered a necropolis of ancient Rome.

  2. an ancient necropolis that has given archaeologists valuable insights into how people once lived and died

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With its -polis ending, meaning "city", a necropolis is a "city of the dead". Most of the famous necropolises of Egypt line the Nile River across from their cities. In ancient Greece and Rome, a necropolis would often line the road leading out of a city; in the 1940s a great Roman necropolis was discovered under the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica. Some more recent cemeteries especially deserve the name necropolis because they resemble cities of aboveground tombs, a necessity in low-lying areas such as New Orleans where a high water table prevents underground burial.

Origin and Etymology of necropolis

Late Latin, city of the dead, from Greek nekropolis, from nekr- + -polis -polis


NECROPOLIS Defined for English Language Learners

necropolis

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Definition of necropolis for English Language Learners

  • : a large cemetery especially of an ancient city



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